Summer Jazz Workshop
The SLO Summer Jazz Workshop, a collaborative production with Community Programs, Cuesta Jazz, and SLO Jazz Festival, is now a 5-day performance course aimed at students from Junior High through College. Each student will be instructed as to the role his/her instrument plays in a jazz ensemble. Students will also be instructed in the importance of competence on their instrument as well as how to dress and come across on the bandstand.
Stage presence and team spirit will also be covered as well as how to acquire club dates and how to charge for a performance. In other words, students will be taught how to earn money as a musician if that is what the student so chooses.
This summer’s workshop participants will be divided into two separate groups: “Jazz Master Class” and “Anyone Can Improvise.” The two groups will participate jointly in some exercises, but will have focused time each day for specialized lessons based on their skill level. Please use the information below to help you choose the appropriate group.
Scholarships Available including 5 full scholarships for young women generously contributed by an anonymous donor looking to help girls and women get into jazz.
DATES: Monday - Friday, July 12 -16, 2021
LOCATION: San Luis Obispo Campus Outdoors 7300
INSTRUCTOR: Ron McCarley and Darrell Voss. Guests: Jack Allen, Mike Dana (Guitar, celebrated writer, internationally acclaimed jazz educator), and more.
- Great for anyone who plays an instrument and has played some jazz
- Best to have some music reading skills
- All ages welcome
TIME: 8:30am – 11:30am
- Can improvise in multiple keys
- Some prior experience with gigging and reading changes
- Great for the career minded
TIME: 9:30am – 12:30pm